A mid-June SoTS update

From the Three Speed Ride on Wednesday June 5, 2019 at Sellwood Park.

Hello friends of Three Speeds! It’s been awhile since I checked in here. It’s been busy times around these parts. Right now, we are in the midst of Pedalpalooza, Portland’s month-long celebration of bike fun. I’ve led or co-led (or will lead or co-lead) about ten events total this month, so I have a LOT on my plate!

But no better time than now to check in with everyone out there about three speeds and the Society. So without further ado…

  • Three Speed Adventure April wrap-up: As we speak, the patches for the event are in process, and I should have them soon. I’ll be getting out prize packs sometime between now and mid-July. I want to get them out as soon as possible, but with Pedalpalooza and a trip to Vancouver next week, let’s err on the side of caution. You’ll get those packs so long as you a) completed the submission form and b) paid for your prizes. If, somehow, I’ve missed you and/or you’ve totally spaced, please get in touch ASAP!
  • I’m also going to write an official Wrap-Up post talking about those who participated. But that may not happen until July because of all the busyness.
  • I’ve got mixed feelings about the scheduled Willamette Valley Three Speed Tour that’s supposed to happen Sept 13-15. There hasn’t been much interest expressed in this tour and I’m not feeling as motivated either. I’ll release an “official statement” by mid-July on whether it’ll go further.
  • I’d like to do a Three Speed Ride in October, to coincide with Three Speed October. News about that will be forthcoming.
  • Also, I’m not ruling out leading a Three Speed Ride in another city (most likely somewhere in the NW.)
  • For those of you who are all “Hey, I’d like to do something in (insert your city here)!” Please do! We need more Three Speed Rides, Socials, Bar Crawls, what have you. Please note that I don’t have the bandwidth to create Three Speed events out of my area. But if you do, get in touch with me as I’ll definitely help in whatever capacity I can.
  • I still haven’t gotten around to breaking the SoTS memberships into a Basic and Enhanced price/level. So, they are still $20 plus shipping, and that also gets you a year of Postcard Club. I WILL change this soon (most likely by the end of the month), so if you want to get the best price on the membership, the time to act is NOW.
  • Finally, I had a good turnout for last Wednesday’s (June 5th) Three Speed Ride. About 20 of us rode from the Vera Katz Statue on the Eastbank Esplanade, crossed the Willamette via Tilikum Crossing, south along the Willamette Greenway, and then back across the river via Sellwood Bridge into Sellwood Park where we enjoyed a snack and beverage. Here’s to more rides. Below is a gallery of some of the bikes from the ride.
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REMINDER: Three Speed Ride this Wednesday, June 5

Hello folks! We are in the midst of Pedalpalooza, Portland’s month-long bike festival of fun. I’ve done a Three Speed Ride during every Pedalpalooza since 2012, and now it is time for another!

This ride will be a shorter, weeknight cruise. And as per custom, the Pedalpalooza ride is my annual “open class” ride. Meaning: any one on any bike. Three speeds obviously preferred, but ride what ya brung!

Meet me on Wednesday June 5 at 6 PM at the Vera Katz Statue on the Eastbank Esplanade in Portland. (This is just north of the Hawthorne Bridge, by the fire station.) We’ll depart at 6:30 PM for a leisurely afterwork ride on three speed bicycles!

We’ll have a nice 10 mi cruise, stop somewhere along the way for supplies, and end at a picnic spot to watch the sunset. Ride not a loop, but will end near transit. Picnic blankets, lights, and layers are a good idea!

The weather for Wednesday looks decent, cloudy with a high of 68F/20C. See you then!

Changes to Society of Three Speeds memberships

Hello, friends of Three Speeds! Thank you for the strong show of support for the revamped Society of Three Speeds membership kits! Since I started the pre-order last fall, I’ve sold about seventy of these kits. After having them out for about a half-year, I’ve got some thoughts about moving forward.

I’ve come to realize that I may have priced the kit a bit too generously, and for most folks (especially if they live outside of Portland), the year of automatic Postcard Club membership added to the SoTS kit may be unnecessary. Plus, the cost of international postage for each postcard in Postcard Club (currently $1.15) means that shipping costs to anyone outside of the US is pretty high. I have seen scant orders come in from outside the US, probably because of the shipping price.

So I’ve decided to offer two levels of the membership kit: Basic and Deluxe. The biggest difference for now is that the Deluxe will have Postcard Club packaged in, the Basic won’t. I may have some other goodies to offer in the Deluxe kit at some point.

All memberships will still offer:

  • One 2 1/2″ patch, expertly sewn by Falls Creek Outfitters.
  • Two one inch badges.
  • Three 1 1/2″ weather-resistant vinyl stickers.
  • A subscription to the Society of Three Speeds email list, where you will be notified of upcoming SoTS events and other items of interest.
  • And, a membership card with your member number!

The changeover for the different memberships will be on Monday June 3rd. Starting then, the Basic kit will be $20 plus shipping, the Deluxe $25 plus shipping. Please note that you’ll see a lower shipping price for the Basic kit to reflect the lack of Postcard Club. Though it still won’t be cheap for International members. That’s because all my packages have to go First Class Package rate, which is abnormally steep for International shipments.

Until June 3, all memberships will be $20 plus shipping, and include Postcard Club. So now is a good time to get in buying a membership if you want Postcard Club included! Purchase a kit here.

Three Speed Ride, Pedalpalooza Version, Wed June 5

Hello, friends of three speeds! Pedalpalooza, Portland’s all-June, all-bike fun festival, is just around the corner. And as per custom since 2012, I’ll be doing a Three Speed Ride!

This will be a shorter, weeknight cruise. And as per custom, this is my annual “open class” ride. Meaning: any one on any bike. Three speeds obviously preferred, but ride what ya brung!

Meet me on Wednesday June 5 at 6 PM at the Vera Katz Statue on the Eastbank Esplanade in Portland. (This is just north of the Hawthorne Bridge, by the fire station.) We’ll depart at 6:30 PM for a leisurely afterwork ride on three speed bicycles!

We’ll have a nice 10 mi cruise, stop somewhere along the way for supplies, and end at a picnic spot to watch the sunset. Ride not a loop, but will end near transit. Picnic blankets, lights, and layers are a good idea!

Bonus weekend for Adventure April: May 3 through 6

Hello friends. This nice weather is making me feel generous. We’ve had a good showing for the Three Speed Adventure April Challenge. But maybe you didn’t have a chance to participate? Or you did, but there’s a challenge or three that you didn’t do, and really wish you could have?

Well, you are in luck. For this extended weekend of Friday May 3 through Monday May 6, I’m allowing you to participate in the Challenge! Basically from now until Monday May 6 at 11:59 PM your local time, you have a chance to complete any and all the challenges. And if you do, you will qualify for the prize packs!

You’ll still need to register, and you’ll still need to fill out forms. All that can be found here.

Now get to work!

Three Speed Adventure April 2019: The home stretch!

Hello folks! We are winding down to the “home stretch” of this year’s Three Speed Adventure April Challenge. We’ve got a full weekend plus a few more days until the month ends. So you still have time to work on the challenges!

And a brief reminder of what it entails: The Three Speed Adventure April Challenge consists of five separate challenges:

  1. Ride your three speed at least fifteen miles (25 km) in one ride.
  2. A climb of 5% or more grade, with a cumulative elevation gain of at least 100 feet (30 m).
  3. A bit of unpaved/dirt action, of at least a cumulative one half mile (1 km).
  4. Coffee outside via three speed.
  5. A bike overnight or bike camping trip by three speed.

You have until 11:59 PM local time on Tuesday April 30th to complete the challenges. (You can do your overnight on Tuesday April 30, but other challenges must be done prior to midnight.)

And to remind you of what you can get for completing challenges:

  • Complete at least one challenge, qualify for the sticker
  • Each challenge completed qualifies you for the corresponding one inch button (badge) for that challenge
  • Complete three or more challenges, qualify for the patch!
  • Not a member of Society of Three Speeds? Do at least one challenge to qualify for discounted ($15 plus shipping) membership!

Here is what it’ll break down for price:

  • Stickers. Get two stickers for $2, plus shipping. This option is ONLY open to folks from outside the US.
  • Stickers and buttons. Get the two stickers, plus one button for each challenge you complete for $7 plus shipping.
  • Stickers and patch. Get the two stickers, plus one patch for $10 plus shipping.
  • The whole shebang. Get two stickers, one patch, plus button for each challenge you complete for $15 plus shipping.

Please note: Buttons are not cheap to ship! This is why I’m offering some non-button options. Are you from outside the US? Getting the non-button options will significantly save $$ in shipping costs.

And please remember, to do this challenge, you must first register via Google Forms. When you do, I’ll email you the form to fill out for the challenges. You must fill out the Challenges form to qualify, even if you “share” your challenges elsewhere in the Internets. You’ll have the whole month of May to report, but the sooner you do, the better. Find all that info here.

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So, how is the Challenge going! Good, so far! We’ve had seventeen people register, and eleven of those folks have reported completing at least one challenge. The people best documenting their challenges on the internets are (still) Happy Little Three Speed Bicycle and 3 Speed Seattle. Both of them have completed the overnight challenge–by camping! Congratulations! Cleotalk aka Ride Internal on tumblr also has been reporting. The tag #threespeedadvapr2019 turns up some stuff, but alas, it’s mostly me on there.

As for me? Well, last Saturday’s Three Speed Day Tour hit up four of the challenges, and yes, that’s by design! I still need to do the Overnight to get them all. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to before the challenge closes down, but who knows?